What the world was like when Serena Williams won Wimbledon the first time

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Serena Williams celebrates with the trophy after her victory against Venus Williams at Wimbledon on July 6, 2002.

It has been 14 years since seven-time champion Serena Williams won her first Wimbledon title.

Back in 2002, the blonde-haired, fresh-faced 20-year-old beat the No. 1 tennis player in the world, who also happened to be her older sister, Venus Williams. It was the third major title of Serena's career; she now has 22.

So let's rewind to a time some are too young to remember and others might want to forget. The time before Apple reigned supreme. The time before social media and DVR overtook our lives. The time when reality TV was taking off and we all were still using Windows 2000 (if you even had a personal computer).

Let's look back 14 years to 2002.

HOT IN HERRE: Rapper Nelly was one of the biggest artists in the country and his single "Hot in Herre" was the No. 1 song in the nation for seven weeks.

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Nelly performing his No. 1 single "Hot in Herre" during the 2002 Billboard Music Awards.

THE BLACK SUITS COMIN': While Serena was on the Wimbledon courts, "Men in Black II" starring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones premiered in theaters.

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Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith in the movie "Men in Black II."

THREE-PEAT: Led by Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal, the Los Angeles Lakers swept the New Jersey Nets to win their third straight NBA championship.

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Head coach Phil Jackson and Lakers guard Kobe Bryant show off their new championship rings in 2002.

BYE-BYE, CHARLOTTE: In May 2002, the NBA approved a deal to move the Charlotte Hornets to New Orleans. In their inaugural season in 2002-03, the Hornets finished with a 47-35 regular-season record.

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P.J. Brown drives the lane against the Indiana Pacers during the Hornets' inaugural season in New Orleans.

YAO MING: Yao was the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft by Houston, where he played for nine years before retiring in July 2011. During his career, the 7-foot-6 center was the tallest active player in the NBA.


Yao Ming was an eight-time All-Star before injuries cut his career short.

CELL PHONES: The Nokia 6610 and Nokia 6100 were the best-selling cell phones of 2002. They were also the first color-screen-display cell phone to reach one million sales.


The Nokia 6610, one of two highly popular Nokia cell phones in 2002.

'AMERICAN IDOL': The first of many singing competition shows, "American Idol" premiered on Fox in 2002 and crowned Kelly Clarkson as the first winner during a final episode watched by 22 million viewers.

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Original "American Idol" judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson pose for a picture.

FLYING SOLO: Steve Fossett became the first person to complete a solo, nonstop fight around the world in any aircraft (he chose a hot-air balloon).


Steve Fossett performs some preflight checks aboard Spirit of Freedom.

Whether she has blonde hair or 22 Grand Slam titles, Serena Williams has been dominant. It will be some time before we look at her career as "what used to be." Until then, we'll continue to follow her outstanding -- and lasting -- career.

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